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Official Obituary of

William Eugene Burke

May 27, 1947 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

William Burke Obituary

William “Bill” Eugene Burke, was born May 27, 1947 in Belle Fourche, SD, to Robert “Bob” and Jackie (Kane - Cuddy) Burke. They lived near Tuthill, SD, on what is known as the Winchester place and then later moved to Keenesburg, CO in 1956.

During summer breaks Bill  would head back to South Dakota to work on the family ranch near Patricia and also other nearby ranches. He rodeoed throughout high school, riding barebacks and bulls. He was tough as nails and lived his dream of being a cowboy.

Bill graduated from Weld Central High School in Keenesburg, CO. in 1965. After graduation, Bill headed to Texas where he worked on The King Ranch.

In the late 1960’s he moved back to SD. He worked at a couple of ranches near the Martin/Vetal area including The Putnam Ranch and also for Bob and Marj Bucholz. He subsequently met and married JoAnn Huffman. The couple then moved to The Flying A Ranch near Arnold, Nebraska. During this time, Andrea was born in November of 1970.

"He was one tough cowboy. In March of 1971 Bill was in a horrific car accident. After being divorced and completing rehab for his accident, Bill moved back to CO. He lived the last 53 years with severe injuries suffered in that accident. He was one tough cowboy.  Never once in those 53 years did he ever complain or feel sorry for himself. He lived in Greeley where he held a couple of jobs until his injuries would no longer enable him to work. He stayed true to the cowboy motto “Cowboy Up”.

Bill married Betty Mecum in 1981. They were married for 25 years until her death in 2006. Bill remained in Greeley, living alone, and collecting aluminum cans for extra spending money. In 2017, when he was unable to adequately care for himself, he moved into an assisted living facility in Northglenn, CO nearer to sister Judy. As his health continued to decline, he moved into a skilled nursing facility in Northglenn. He resided there until his death on Feb. 24, 2024.

Bill is preceded in death by his father Robert Burke, mother, Jackie Coursey, wife, Betty, and sister Sandi Weickum. He is succeeded in life by his daughter Andrea (Jason) Fanning, grandchildren; Sabrina, Rhett (Rickie), Gabe and Laney. Also, brother Jerry (Sharon) Burke and sister Judy Williams. As well as several nieces and nephews, aunts & uncles.

Funeral services are planned for the Summer of 2024

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